How to Stop Abortion Funding through Health Care Reform in Your State

March 30, 2010

by Daniel McConchie
Vice President of Government Affairs

With the recent passage of health care reform, citizens across the country have asked if there is anything they can do to help stop the funding of abortion.

The good news is – yes you can.

The new health care law allows states to opt-out of one of the abortion provisions of the new federal system.  To do this, the state legislature must pass a law that says that no abortion coverage may be provided by a qualified health plan offered through an exchange offered in that state that was created under by the new federal law.

While ordinary citizens cannot introduce legislation themselves, they can encourage their state legislators to do so.  Here’s how you can help:

  1. Identify a friendly pro-life state legislator
  2. Call his or her office and ask that they help your state to opt-out of the abortion provisions in the federal health care law.
  3. Offer AUL’s model language “Federal Abortion Mandate Opt-Out Act” and legal expertise to them.
  4. Offer to help the legislator get the bill passed.

If you need help identifying your state legislators, visit: http://www.votesmart.org/

If you identify a legislator interested in pursuing this bill, please notify AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs at legislation@aul.org so we can follow up with every opportunity.

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